Corey Kluber earned his first win of the season in his third start, powered by four Cleveland home runs that sent the Indians over the Detroit Tigers 8-2 on Tuesday.

The Indians won their fifth straight game. Detroit had won five in a row.

Kluber (1-2) allowed one earned run over six innings. A two-time Cy Young Award winner who went 20-7 last season, he struck out eight.

Cleveland Indians' Leonys Martin rounds third base after his solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Cleveland Indians’ Leonys Martin rounds third base after his solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Leonys Martin, Brad Miller, Roberto Perez and Jake Bauers all entered with sub-.200 batting averages before hitting their first homers of the season. Cleveland had hit a total of only four home runs this year before connecting at Comerica Park.

Jordan Zimmermann (0-1) gave up five runs and was chased in the fifth inning. He had allowed just one run in 13 2/3 innings in his first two starts.

Martin homered on the second pitch of the game against his former team, which traded him in July before a bacterial infection ended his season and threatened his life.

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Miller added a two-run homer in the second, starting off a 2-for-2 afternoon in which he scored three times.

Perez added a towering shot in the fifth inning, and Bauers homered off reliever Blaine Hardy to make it 6-2 in the sixth.

Eric Stamets singled and scored on a three-base error by center fielder Mikie Mahtook, who let the ball roll under his glove and reach the wall.

Cleveland Indians' Eric Stamets beats the throw to safely slide at home during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Cleveland Indians’ Eric Stamets beats the throw to safely slide at home during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Miguel Cabrera had an RBI double and Niko Goodrum had a run-scoring single for the Tigers, who had opened the season winning seven of 10 games. They had been 3-0 at home after sweeping Kansas City over the weekend.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Indians: Starter Mike Clevinger will miss at least six weeks with a back muscle injury. The team announced Clevinger strained his teres major, a muscle in his upper back. Manager Terry Francona said it would be six to eight weeks before he picks up a ball and resumes pitching activity. Clevinger had not allowed an earned run in 12 innings over two starts this season. The Indians called up righty Nick Wittgren, a reliever from Triple-A Columbus.

Tigers: Reliever Drew VerHagen made his season debut after opening the year on the injured list with a forearm strain. He retired the side in order in the ninth, striking out one.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer (1-0, 0.64 ERA) starts Wednesday at Detroit coming off seven innings of no-hit ball on April 5 against Toronto. He has allowed one hit over 14 innings.

Tigers: LHP Matthew Boyd (0-1, 3.18) starts for the first time since his 13-strikeout outing, a career high, April 3 against the Yankees.

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